Wednesday 21 May 2014
The Chilterns Conservation Board has sent a petition to Parliament asking that the High Speed 2 rail line is placed in a full-length bored tunnel under the whole of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The petition has been sent to the recently-established Parliamentary Select Committee, set up to examine the HS2 Hybrid Bill. The Board is one of many organisations and individuals making a case to the Committee for protecting the Chilterns countryside from the huge damage and disruption that the current HS2 proposals would cause.
It is likely that the HS2 Select Committee will start sitting in the autumn. It is composed of 6 MPs from across the three main parties, who will hear presentations from selected organisations including the Conservation Board. The Board will co-ordinate with others to present the compelling case for an HS2 tunnel under the Chilterns.
In its petition the Board has also asked for a number of other changes including:
- No spoil from the tunnel excavation to be dumped in the Chilterns
- Ancient lanes and roads through villages should be out of bounds for construction traffic
- Any farmland used during construction should be returned to owners in a state that is fit for productive farming.
The case for a full-length tunnel has the backing of local MPS Cheryl Gillan and David Lidington. Mr Lidington has stated that he will resign his Government post if the Chilterns doesn’t get a full-length HS2 tunnel.
You can read the full petition on our Maps and Documents page.